A New Haircut – Welcome to the Lob Family

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I did it! I finally cut my hair a little more than usual – and it only took me two years of self-convincing. Not all too bad.

In all seriousness though, I always have to smile at how attached most of us women are to our hair. Cutting it from long (under boob length) to over the shoulder already seems like a huge step. And it was. Surprisingly, I felt quite at ease when walking out of the hairdresser. I guess that I have been planning this for so long, that now I was almost certain of exactly how it would look and no surprises came up. That is, you do have to trust the hairdresser – of course. Funnily enough, although a lot of people have asked me, I did nothing but cut my hair. The whole hairdresser visit took me around 45 minutes; including washing and hair drying it. I think that is the shortest time it ever took me. People have asked whether I have coloured my hair again – and although the light falls differently on the photos, there is no change in hair-color as such. Honestly,I have had some slight moments of doubt though, in the past days (I got it cut on the weekend). I either feel it is too short to do anything with it, or perhaps a little to long. I might need to thus wait a few weeks for it to grow just a tad more, or simply cut off another 5cm. I am very much leaning towards the second option. In addition: Is it just me or do I look more mature now? Surely feel like it, though!

What’s next? The week has started rather busy – then went a little quiet and is now fully blown packed again. Speaking of packed, I need to pack my little suitcase once more this tonight. Tomorrow afternoon I am off to Malta to see the family until Monday evening. I have decided to take a long weekend off – really need to catch up on some sleep and find a bit more me-time to work on my new projects. Speaking of – I most likely already told you that I have handed in my master thesis. Now is the time to relax and do nothing – you think? Of course not! I have already started something new that is utmost exciting to me, is done out of complete personal interest and is all about .. health! I will be telling you more on my next post. Lastly, there is another big, big, big thing happening mid next week and I am dying of excitement. It is something I have been wanting for all too long and now the time has finally arrived. Of course I will be showing you all about it – so stay tuned. If you cannot wait to seeing the news here, be sure to follow me on my other social media accounts! xo

Let’s talk about doing and not just trying for once

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Welcome back! First things first: don’t try! Now, I always speak about believing in yourself and trying. In the end, if you don’t try, you won’t know your potential. So if I say don’t even try, it seems quite paradox, doesn’t it. Quite frankly, it does. Now, let me get deeper into the topic.

Of course, I am a big believer of chasing your dreams. Go for it! Don’t let time pass by and suddenly you wake up regretting that you did not “try” it. That is to say, speaking of trying in the past sounds so much better, doesn’t it? Still don’t get it? Let me try to explain.

I am a big believer in following your dreams and doing what you love most. My saying is and always will be: go for it! And these three simple words are all they are. There is no “try” in it. My personal opinion is that one should approach a new idea, an adventure, a task or whatever it is with the opinion and set of mind that one will achieve, will manage and will go for it. People that say they will try often don’t actually give their full potential. Understand what I am getting at?

I have heard it over and over again. I tried. I really did try. Ok, so basically your goal was to get rid of some extra pounds (classic, no?). Usually (trying to generalize), people that say I will lose 5 pounds will actually manage – no matter in what time frame. Those that say they will give it a try, usually are not putting in 100%. Think about it. Think about how you approach certain goals and how the mental strength changes from being unsure and potentially scared, to receiving adrenaline and believing in yourself a little more once you say (try sounding convinced!) YES I can do it and I will manage it.

To summarize: trying – when speaking about really having gone for something and (for whatever reason) failed – is of course normal and can happen. Yet, one should not use the phrase “I tried” as an excuse for not having achieved what was initially pursued. I understand this is often easier said than done, but I also believe that it’s a booster for once belief and mental strength. Now: dream, believe, schedule, work on it and win it! xo

Ocean Vibes

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Hello and happy Friday! I couldn’t be more happy to finish this week – not that I don’t love what I do, but I also love sleeping in and I really look forward to it this weekend. Yesterday evening I took a short break from “life” and went to the movies with a friend of mine – we watched “Now you can see me 2”. I didn’t see the first one, unfortunately, but the second one surely was good! Of what I heard though, the first one was a tad better. Well well, either way it was a nice change to my usual evening-studies. I also wanted to share a few more photos from Malta with you from last weekend. I really enjoy going to this little Island, spending time with my family and dog, and walking around the stone beaches and exploring some of the nature there. Diving is supposed to be super fun there, too – especially because they have a lot of ship wrecks. Sadly I didn’t find the time yet, as I am always super busy when I go to Malta (with studying, spending time with the family – whom don’t dive – getting my hair touched up, etc.). Next year I’ll surely do it!

Also, I finally went darker again. And nope, I don’t mean I tanned more – though I really wish – but I darkened my roots and am not as blonde anymore. I did love being blonde, and I most likely will go back to it at some point in my life. In recent times though, I’ve felt that my hair needs a break (I’ve been colouring it since I’m 16!) and wanted to go a bit more natural. That being said, my hairdresser used the “balayage” technique and darkened my roots and pulled some of the darker color down my hair. I really do like the change, though, it took me a few days to get used to it and I would swear that my hair actually isn’t that dark. Thus, it could be that my hair grows out lighter on the top *sigh* but I guess I’ll find out soon. Seriously, if there is no reason to really color your hair, don’t do it. Or at least beware that certain natural hair colours are not easily brought back or the hairdresser might have difficulties finding the perfect color match. Nevertheless, I really love my hairdresser in Malta – Sarah – she does an amazing job! If you’re ever looking for a hairdresser in Malta, let me know – and I’ll make sure to send you the details. I don’t have an “after” picture yet, but I’ll try to get one these days. You can definitely already see some though on instagram or snapchat!

That being said, I’ll now finish my lunch and continue with some office work. Enjoy the weekend! xo

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Banana Peanut Butter Overnight Oats

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Happy Sunday! What more to love than waking up to already prepared and ready-to-eat breakfast? I am the biggest breakfast lover ever, brunch too. Especially when it needs to go fast during the week and you need to jump to work. I actually took this (1 portion only) to the office, as I love eating breakfast at around 9 or 10am – not right after waking up at 7am. Although this is not the healthiest overnight recipe ever I would guess (but hail to the love for peanut butter), it is absolutely tasty and super easy in the making. The portions are actually so filling that I usually took a break and continued eating later – unless your super hungry.

What you need for two portions

1 ripe banana
¼ cup peanut butter (try getting one with less sugar, unless you want it sweet)
1 cup of gluten-free oats (or normal, if you don’t need it)
1 cup lactose-free milk / or almond milk
1 tablespoon chia seeds
½ tablespoon cinnamon
½ tablespoon vanilla sugar / or 1 teaspoon pure vanilla
1 tablespoon agave syrup 
2 glasses or cups that can be covered 

For my toppings I chose

blueberries
rasberries
and some chocolate chips,
though you can also add some slices bananas or anything else that makes you happy

What to do

1) place the banana, peanut butter, oats and milk into a mixer and mix well
2) add the vanilla, cinnamon, and chia seeds – now mix again
3) lastly, add the agave syrup, mix it again – and add more if you need it sweeter
4) fill the porride into two glasses – possibly ones that you can cover-up and are air-tight if you want to keep it in the fridge for longer
5) place the nights into the frigde and let the magic happen over night (or at least 3-4 hours)!

Now you can

1) take it with you to the office/school
2) surprise someone the next morning with home-made overnights
3) or indulge into it by yourself. 

Lastly, it doesn’t have to be a breakfast – of course – you can also eat it as an afternoon snack or after sports; though I cannot promise that you might not add on some more calories to your diet :)

With that, I wish you a lovely Sunday evening and a delicious breakfast in the morning! xo

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& So I started Again

TGIF. That is exactly what I was thinking last week, as well – right before I jumped on a plane to Hamburg. The trip was too short – as always – though I loved seeing everyone. After I came back quite late on Monday, Tuesday started early again at the office. Though it was a short week for me with only 4 days, it felt like forever.

As you might remember, I told you last week about me getting back into painting. I love it – it calms me down to mix the colors and then melt them together on the canvas without really knowing where it will take me or what the final product will look like. I got inspired by a digital drawing by @mersedova (instagram), and decided I want a Baywatch-like woman in my house, too. I think there is something incredible about the picture she drew – it’s both sexy and showcasing an empowering, self-loving and independent woman. Exactly what I like! So here is my final version of it – fully painted with palette-knifes and thick acrylic paints. I don’t use brushes and try to stay away from details as much as possible. Also, this is the first time I “painted” a face. I usually leave the face blank because 1) I am no good at them and 2) faces often define emotions. I want my viewers to be able to place their own emotion and feelings into a painting without being pre-stimulated by a facial expression. Nevertheless, this woman surely needed one – otherwise it would have been “incomplete” – or so I feel. What do you think of the painting? I’d love to hear opinions!

And now – off to jumping into the weekend (and studying, again…) xo

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